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Hang on, this isn’t Yangon?

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Blog Guy, I read that Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is visiting Myanmar. That’s amazing! Have you been there?

Not to Myanmar, but I was there when they called it Burma.

Oh. Were you in Yangon?

Yes, but they called it Rangoon then.

But it’s the same city, right, the capital?

Rangoon was the capital when I was there, but now the capital is Naypyitaw.

I’m totally confused. Rangoon became Yangon which became Naypyitaw?

No, Yangon is still Yangon, it’s just not the capital any longer.

This is too bizarre. Can you at least confirm that Clinton made it out of the airport safely?

Of course. Otherwise that dog wouldn’t be walking behind her motorcade.

What kind of dog is that?

Probably a Burmese.

Wait. I thought a Burmese was a cat.

Sure, dogs used to be called cats back when it was Burma…

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Top: U.S. secretary of state Hillary Clinton smiles inside her car after landing in Myanmar’s capital Naypyitaw November 30, 2011. Hillary Clinton became the first U.S. secretary of state to visit Myanmar in more than 50 years on Wednesday, launching a historic mission to press the reclusive country’s new leaders to sever illicit contacts with North Korea and deliver on reforms. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj

Right: A dog crosses the road after U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s motorcade passes upon her arrival in Naypyidaw, Myanmar November 30, 2011. REUTERS/Saul Loeb/Pool

Welcome to Rock Bottom…

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Honestly, I don’t even know why we cover stories like this.

It’s another one of those lists ranking living standards in various cities around the world. Vienna is in the number one position, while Baghdad ranks dead last.

No kidding.

“Honey, the company wants to transfer me, does it matter to you and the kids whether we go to Austria or Iraq? I told them I had no preference…”

So, you guys here on that Groupon deal?

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Blog Guy, wake up! Looks like you fell asleep at your computer.

Oh, yeah, thanks. I was going through the so-called “family photos” of finance ministers from the APEC Summit in Hawaii, and I keep falling asleep.

Can’t you get somebody else to do that?

Who? Who on earth is EVER going to look at these pictures, and yet they are a staple of every single summit. There are so many people, we don’t even bother to name them.

How about a greasy kebab, Your Majesty?

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Blog Guy, I see Britain’s Queen Elizabeth just spent 11 days visiting Australia. That must be a huge logistical undertaking involving thousands of aides, security folks, drivers….

Nothing could be further from the truth. The queen is remarkably self-reliant, and instructed her staff “not to make a fuss over me.”

This train is bound for glory, this train

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Whoa! Did you see that, Clancy? Looked like Pope Benedict on that train that just went by!

Nah, it couldn’t have been, Lamar.That’s an express and the Pope takes the local.

When the chips are down, in Wackytown

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Say, Blog Guy, I keep reading about those group tours you organize to that place you call Wackytown, the goofiest place on earth.

Right, that’s Krasnoyarsk, in Siberia. Think you’d like to join us on a trip? We’ve got a gambling junket coming up. Why waste your time in Las Vegas when you can go to a Wackytown casino?

Great mooseum! I’ll be back!

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Blog Guy, I need some of your famous travel advice. I love visiting the childhood homes of great people, to see where they got their start.

I’ve been to Mark Twain’s home in Hannibal, Missouri, the house where Louisa May Alcott grew up in Concord, Massachusetts, Reverend Martin Luther King’s birth home, in Atlanta…

Our ten-second in-flight movie will be…

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Blog Guy, recently you wrote about a bunch of ambitious homemade inventions around the world. A submarine, a helicopter, stuff like that. Do those things actually work?

You bet they do. Here is that farmer in China testing his homemade flying device yesterday. It’s powered by eight motorcycle engines.

Ramen Museum? My cup runneth over!

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Okay, kids, I got the tickets for our big vacation trip today, and you’re gonna love it!

Yay for Daddy! You’re the bestest! Where are we going? Disney World, Universal, Dollywood?

What’s better than camping out drunk?

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Congratulate me, Blog Guy! I’m going to Oktoberfest this year! It’s a life-long dream come true!

Hey, that sounds nice. Where will you be staying?

I‘m not totally sure, but I’m paying about $80 a night, so I’m guessing it will be very, very swanky. Maybe like a suite or something.